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Killing Your Mistakes
Delete last character (`delete-backward-char').
Kill last word (`backward-kill-word').
Kill to beginning of sentence (`backward-kill-sentence').
The DEL character (`delete-backward-char') is the most important
correction command. When used among graphic (self-inserting)
characters, it can be thought of as canceling the last character typed.
When your mistake is longer than a couple of characters, it might be
more convenient to use `M-DEL' or `C-x DEL'. `M-DEL' kills back to the
start of the last word, and `C-x DEL' kills back to the start of the
last sentence. `C-x DEL' is particularly useful when you are thinking
of what to write as you type it, in case you change your mind about
phrasing. `M-DEL' and `C-x DEL' save the killed text for `C-y' and
`M-y' to retrieve. Note: Yanking.
`M-DEL' is often useful even when you have typed only a few
characters wrong, if you know you are confused in your typing and aren't
sure exactly what you typed. At such a time, you cannot correct with
DEL except by looking at the screen to see what you did. It requires
less thought to kill the whole word and start over.
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